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I created custom post types & custom taxonomies for these.

Example: actors (taxonomy) for movies (post type).

Now I want to show up in my widget some terms and a more link for the actors terms archive.

How do I get the taxonomy archive link / url?

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Use get_term_link

e.g. to print out a list of actors terms linking to the archives:

$terms = get_terms('actors');
echo '<ul>';
foreach ($terms as $term) {
    echo '<li><a href="'.get_term_link($term).'">'.$term->name.'</a></li>';
echo '</ul>';


If what you really mean is the equivilant of the custom post type archive, that lists all the posts of that type, but for taxonomy terms, e.g. a page that acts as an archive listing the various taxonomy terms available, then you're out of luck. There are no taxonomy archives in WordPress for terms, only posts assigned to a given term.

To produce a page listing the taxonomy terms you can use code similar to the above. Then put it in a page template and use that page as your taxonomy term archive.

The reason why is that the problem lies in the post loop, almost every single page template is intended to have one, and if you look at the template heirarchy, if the necessary templates aren't found, it all goes back to index.php, and index.php has a post loop that displays posts, not a term loop. This and the many different ways and ideas of how terms should be listed means there is no consensus. What about date archives? Should there be an archive listing months and years? Timelines? Panels tiles clouds etc

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The tip you gave was what i searched for. My approach was so use a page template, but i seems to be a very customized way. But if there are no possibilities for a taxonomy archive i have to implement it like you suggested. thanks – mrzmyr Apr 10 '12 at 1:51
There is none. The problem lies in the post loop, almost every single page template is intended to have one, and if you look at the heirarchy if the necessary templates aren't found, it all goes back to index.php, and index.php has a post loop that displays posts, not a term loop. – Tom J Nowell Apr 10 '12 at 10:01

There is no simple way to get this from scouring. And everyone who answers everywhere thinks you want to link to a TERM in the TAXONOMY... While you're looking to get a link to the TAXONOMY archive... For which I have found absolutely nothing.

Basically, like many people, you want a get_taxonomy_archive_link method.

Except, for one reason or another, it simply does not exist. I consider this a MAJOR failure on Wordpress's side.

There is no answer to your question. Not one that actually works within the WP framework as a proper solution. Sure, you can piece together get_bloginfo() for your needs, but there is absolutely no logical reason within WP that get_taxonomy_archive_link doesn't exist.

That all being said, I always add the following function to my themes:

 * Pass in a taxonomy value that is supported by WP's `get_taxonomy`
 * and you will get back the url to the archive view.
 * @param $taxonomy string|int
 * @return string
function get_taxonomy_archive_link($taxonomy){
  $tax = get_taxonomy($taxonomy);
  return get_bloginfo('url').'/'.$tax->rewrite['slug'];
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The archive link for any taxonomy follows this pattern:


For example, the category "news" on "myblogsite.com" would have the following archive URL:


So the "Harrison Ford" archive in your actors taxonomy would be:

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so is it possible to use the http://{siteurl}/{taxonomy} for the taxonomy archive ? – mrzmyr Apr 10 '12 at 1:47
You still need to specify the term within the taxonomy to generate the archive for. – EAMann Apr 10 '12 at 4:05

When you create your custom taxonomy, you can add attribute rewrite to it. This attribute could set rewrite slug for your taxonomy which you can use for link:

register_taxonomy('actors', 'movies', array(
    // ...
    'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'actors' ),
    // ...

So to create a link to create the taxonomy archive link you can use following pattern:

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use get_term_link() :)


This may be of use: archive link for the taxonomy: get_the_term_list(). From the codex:

Returns an HTML string of taxonomy terms associated with a post and given taxonomy. Terms are linked to their respective term listing pages.

so it needs to be linked to a post ID, but does the job of archiving taxonomy terms.

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thats not what i looked for. check Tom's post: i was looking for archive link for the taxonomy itself. – mrzmyr Apr 10 '12 at 1:53

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